Fewer Advanced Alzheimer’s Patients on Feeding Tubes

Practice dropped by half over past 15 years, study reports By Kathleen Doheny from healthday.com HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The use of feeding tubes for nursing home patients with advanced dementia — a practice increasingly discouraged by some national organizations — is declining, a new study finds. One Alzheimer’s expert who […]

Alzhiemer’s Patients Keep Spark Alive by Sharing Stories

By Jane E. Brody at the New York Times Can you keep the love shining after your partner’s brain has begun to dim? Just ask Denise Tompkins of Naperville, Ill., married 36 years to John, now 69, who has Alzhiemer’s disease. The Tompkinses participated in an unusual eight-week storytelling workshop at Northwestern University that is […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Period Pain Drug Cures Symptoms In Mice, New Research Shows

BY SEERAT CHABBA @ International Business Times The incurable Alzheimer’s disease may now have a cure. A new research by the University of Manchester shows that the most common form of dementia can be fully cured with an anti-inflammatory drug, commonly used for period pain. Almost 7.5 million new cases of Alzheimer’s — a disease that causes […]

How Much Does Diet Impact Cognitive Health and Behavior?

For quite some time reports have been surfacing linking diet to a variety of physical diseases. It has become commonplace to hear about the rise of digestive problems, food allergies, several types of cancers, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure being a result of specific foods or the lack of specific foods in our […]

Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Stage Alzheimer’s: Strategies to Increase Independence and Quality of Life (Part 2 of 4 series)

Speech-Language Pathologists can work with individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to train them on the use of short term memory compensatory strategies, allowing them to become more independent and to increase their participation in meaningful activities. Treatment is most effective when provided in the home environment and with the support of family members or close friends.

Speech-Language Pathologists and Alzheimer’s disease Part 1 of 4 Series: Overview of our role

Many are surprised to learn that Speech-Language Pathologists are trained to provide cognitive and communication treatment for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Intervention should be individualized, functional, and should differ from cognitive treatment for traumatic brain injury or stroke. Those with dementia suffer from specific challenges that should be considered by all therapists and healthcare professionals.

Honoring the Individual: The Value of Person-Centered Care in Aging

For many seniors examining their long-term care options, the decision to “age in place” remains the most desirable. Unfortunately, for those individuals with dementia who require a higher level of care, often nursing homes are the only option. For many, the traditional model of institutionalized care represents a detention center they will try desperately to avoid. The culture change model represents a more person-centered approach in which the comforts of aging in place can be replicated in an institutional setting.

Antipsychotics and Dementia: Do they mix?

For anyone who has worked directly with people living with a dementia diagnosis, you are probably familiar with the oftentimes unpredictable behavioral changes associated with the illness. Non-pharmacologic interventions should always be promoted as the first line of action in reducing dementia-related behaviors. Some studies have found antipsychotics medications to be helpful in managing potentially harmful behaviors in older adults with dementia. Are these drugs harmful? What are the risks? What are the benefits?